Networking 2013: The Year of SDN, December 17, 2013 Software-defined networking and network virtualization grabbed the industry by the throat in 2013, dominating almost every conversation about the future of networking. The year also was marked by major M&A deals, the arrival of 802.11ac products, and the ongoing Huawei saga. Here, we take you back through some of the memorable moments in networking in 2013.
With certified 802.11ac products shipping this year, enterprises started planning for major WLAN overhauls. The new wireless standard promises much faster data rates than the old 11n standard but as Network Computing blogger Lee Badman noted, implementing 802.11ac -- especially the second wave of 802.11ac products -- will require a lot of wires and new hardware.